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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
First Brewed: 1896, First Modern Bottling: 1971

Alc. by Volume: 4.9%, Availability: Year-round, Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel, Hops: Northern Brewer

Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other. It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.

Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Once a nickname for any Californian or West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1110) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2005
whoah, somehow this had slipped through my ratings. Had another of these the other night and remembered what a fine and fairly distinctive beer this is. I’m going to describe this as a "rough" beer. Like many straightforward ales but with an earth tone that gives it a certain unrefined element I enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Almost clear and amber with an off white head. Sharp and spicey hop aroma with toffee and some diacetyl. Clean and caramelly with a nice bitter finish. Flavors of bread and malt and some resinous hops. Well made historic "lager."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2005
I apprecaite this beer for being brewed well but it just doesn’t do it for me. Aroma is weak and I really don’t get it all the hype.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2005
(on bottle) Clear, amber-golden; big beige head. Heavy yeasted nose, with a tiny hoparoma; good balance. Bubblegum-feeling in the mouth and a light caramel/toffeeflavour. Bit burby, but a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 An amber with nice color and head that has reasonable staying power. Not much aroma and a not bad, but, less than satisfying taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2005
A nice amber, good lager type beer about what you’d expect for a brand now seemingly nationwide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
This is a beer that was one of the first micros to become a common sight. At that time it seemed great; in light of the micro-Renaissance it’s still a very good beer. Malty, grassy-hop aroma. Flavor is almost exclusively malty with some tea notes and hops at the end. Very full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 Assertive hops with some malt. Good carbonation. Medium amber color with decent head retention. Some fruit and a bit more complex than a typical lager. One of my favorite all around go-to beers. It’s one of the beer s I like to keep in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
Beautiful clear copper/amber color with a medium light yellow head. Some decent lacing. Has a malty aroma with a flowery hop finish. Palate is a little dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Draught at Alumen Bar, Copenhagen. Very nice, malty aroma. Fresh light-red, golden appearance. Great malty flavor with just twist of hops, incredible for a 4,8%. Not a bad finish either. Mouthfeel very nice. Functions both as a thirst-quencher and as a special experience. Overall very recommendable.

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